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Timber is a £10bn supply chain, and a globally traded commodity which connects the UK to the world. The statistics and insight we have compiled below show timber imports and exports in the UK, and connects them with building sites through statistics from the Construction Products Association.

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Latest Monthly Report

March 2021

“The final 5 months of 2020 witnessed a remarkable recovery in timber and panels imports with volumes for these months significantly higher than over the same period for all of the years to date in this century. A total of 4.9 million m³ was imported between August and December 2020 with the next best volume over this period being in 2006 where volumes reached 4.8 million m³.


“In Q2 2020 a downturn of 29%, because of the first lockdown due to Covid-19, was followed by a strong Q3 and an even stronger Q4 where volumes were nearly 39% higher than over the same period in 2019.


“The distortion in trade created by multiple missed Brexit deadlines during 2019 and then by Covid-19 in 2020 is shown below with both years exhibiting wide differences in their respective first and second halves of each year, compared to earlier years.


“The difference between the two halves of 2020 is significantly different from the two halves of previous years with 1.5 million m³ more imported in the second half of 2020 compared to the first six months.”

Timber Supply Statistics Dashboard

Want to take a closer look at the data? This interactive dashboard from the Timber Trade Federation and TimberTrends allows you to analyse timber imports into the UK, including the value, cubic metres, and country of despatch, through data over a four year period. Use the tabs, and arrows at the bottom of the table, to changes pages and access different sets of data, whether you want to look specifically into softwoods, hardwoods, different types of ply, OSB, or MDF, and either total imports, or the largest sources of despatch of these products to the UK.

Construction Market Statistics

Learn the latest statistics from the construction markets. Whether you want to look at the overall picture, are looking for a sector specific breakdown, or are looking for forecasts, our members are able to access a wealth of information through the Construction Products Association.

Weekly briefing

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CPA Industry Scenarios

Gain insight into the current state and future of the UK construction industry with the CPA’s quarterly forecast.

Construction Trade Survey

 Learn the state of the market with the CPA’s quarterly, pan-industry assessment of conditions within construction.

Statistics Articles

Check out our statistics articles. The experts at the Timber Trade Federation are here to help, providing regular articles, blogs and think pieces highlighting important data, and showcasing the state of the market.